All in Internet of Things
Wiley Rein hosted a roundtable luncheon yesterday featuring Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The event, which was kicked off by Wiley Rein’s FTC Regulation Practice Group’s chair, Scott Delacourt, was attended by many clients and leaders in the communications industry.
Today, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding smart technology, adding to the regulatory efforts swirling around IoT.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the second edition of its “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap.” In addition to providing an update on the FAA’s progress to date, the partnerships and advisory committees it has forged, and identifying key challenges to UAS integration into the NAS, the roadmap details the FAA’s near-term rulemaking and research efforts.
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA or the Act) (H.R. 5515) was signed into law on August 13, 2018. The appropriations law authorizes a $717 billion national defense budget and includes wide-ranging provisions on cybersecurity, touching everything from enhancing the military’s ability to respond to cyber attacks to protecting the IT supply chain and encouraging greater public-private collaboration.
In an August 3 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the Department of Defense (DoD) banned personnel from “using geolocation features and functionality on both non-government and government-issued devices, applications, and services while in locations designated as operational areas (OAs).” Outside of OAs, DoD has ordered the heads of DoD Components to “consider the inherent risks associated with geolocation capabilities on devices, applications, and services, both non-government and government issued, by personnel both on and off duty.”
The first headlines were as dramatic as the accompanying video—an apparent drone attack on Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela, as he delivered an address in Caracas. The video doesn’t show the drones, but captures Maduro’s wife looking up in alarm and startled soldiers scattering in fear.
At the end of July, the Department of Treasury released a Report on Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation. At over 200 pages, the Report is the fourth in a series on the Administration’s core principles for financial regulation called for by Executive Order 13772. It contains more than 80 recommendations, and “identif[ies] improvements to the regulatory landscape that will better support nonbank financial institutions, embrace financial technology, and foster innovation.”
On the heels of Microsoft President Brad Smith’s call for the federal government to regulate facial recognition technology, five Democratic members of Congress have penned a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking the agency to study commercial and government use of facial recognition technology.